Sunday, January 17, 2010

recipe for a quick meal

It hardly take 15 to 20 minutes to make this dish and requires very little ingredients. The ingredients are listed below:

Rice:100gms (if consumed by one person)
Cooking oil: 2-3 table spoons.
Cumin seeds (Jeera): for seasoning
Salt: 3-4 table spoons
Onions: 1
Peas: as much as you want :)

To make this dish quickly you have to cook the rice and prepare the seasoning in parallel.

Rice has to be cooked in such a fashion that they don't stick to each other. This is can be controlled by the amount of water while cooking. There are many methods and i will the microwave version.

For the microwave method. Transfer the washed rice into a micro wave proof utensil (preferably a deep bowl, so that water does not spill out during the cooking process). The rice to water ratio should be 1:1.50. That is for every cup of rice, pour a little more that one of half cup of water. Once this is done microwave the rice for 10-12 minutes (please note that this time depends on the microwave).

As the rice is being cooked, heat 2-3 table spoons of oil in a frying pan(preferably deep one so that rice can be mixed easily). Once the oil is hot roast cumin seeds after which finely chopped onions should be fried.

Once the onion has turned golden brown add peas to it. This step may vary based on the type of peas you have. If you have frozen peas then you can just wash it add to the pan. If its dry and hard then it should be precooked.

Now as the contents of the pan is getting fried add 2-3 table spoons of salt. Turn the stove off once the peas is soft and wait until the rice is cooked.

Once the rice is cooked. Its time to mix it with the seasoning in the pan. So transfer the rice onto the pan and stir it till a uniform mix is obtained.

At this point you will have the dish ready to be served.

However, if you would like to 'experiment' then you can try different seasonings and spices during the frying stage or you can use a table spoon of vinegar to add a tangy effect to the dish.

Happy Experimenting !!

PS: please feel free to add add your valuable tips and comments so that it will be useful for 'experimenters' like me :)


  1. cool.. :) i tried a diff method...and its like spicy rice..its really good...wht i did was got a pack of mixed frozen vegetables...first put them in warm water...and lets them unfreeze..then change the water..drinking water...and boil the vegetables in it..then take some oil...cumin seeds...onions..then add spices...coriander powder,tumeric powder,and chilly powder (ratio--> 1:0.5:1)
    stir for 10 min and keep adding a lil water that was used for boiling the vegetables...then add the vegetables..add enough water needed for cooking the use the same method for making the rice in the microwave..just instead here we use the veg curry type thing we have made...the rice turns out to spicy and healthy too ..since ur using the water u used for boiling the vegetables.. :D cheers

  2. Try some capsicum,aloo and carrot will taste almost like fried rice :)

  3. thanks 'clueless', anon .. will try ur suggestions this week :)

  4. main tu hun pagaaaaaalllllll!!!!aur tu bhi

  5. arey yaar jojo.. neeind aa rahi thi ... usey door karney key liye blog likha ...

  6. wah yaar...kya mast recipe hain...wil try it out and see if it works for me!!
    neeind kaise nahi aa rahi hai? aaj kitna sara khana jo khaya...